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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Commissioner Oettinger on EU Reform: Macron Ideas 'An Excellent Basis for Discussion'

Commissioner Oettinger on EU Reform: Macron Ideas 'An Excellent Basis for Discussion'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2018

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger, 64, says in an interview with DER SPIEGEL that a United States of Europe is a worthwhile goal. He urges Germany to take French President Macron's proposals seriously -- and to form a government as soon as possible Interview Conducted by Peter Müller more... Comment ]

The Same, But Different: Eastern Europeans Tire of Being Sold Inferior Products

The Same, But Different: Eastern Europeans Tire of Being Sold Inferior Products

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2017

Why does Nutella in Hungary contain less cocoa than the same chocolate spread in Germany? Why do fish sticks in Prague have less fish? Eastern European are tired of being served inferior products -- and the EU is finally addressing the issue. By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]


Not So Great: Britain Grows Increasingly Hostile to EU Citizens

Not So Great: Britain Grows Increasingly Hostile to EU Citizens

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2017

Ever since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, European Union citizens in the UK have felt increasingly unwelcome. Harrassment is on the rise and the government itself has fed the hate. By Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Ego Trip in Brussels: Juncker Seeks Greater Commission Control over Eurozone

Ego Trip in Brussels: Juncker Seeks Greater Commission Control over Eurozone

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2017

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker would like the EU executive to have more control over the Eurozone in the future. But member states aren't eager to give up control. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


EU Competition Commissioner Vestager: 'The Auto Industry Is a High Priority'

EU Competition Commissioner Vestager: 'The Auto Industry Is a High Priority'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2017

EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, 49, has made a name for herself by taking on Google, Apple and Starbucks. She talks to DER SPIEGEL about her current investigation into possible automaker collusion and Facebook's responsibilities to its users. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]

Europe at Its Ugliest: The Refugee Scandal on the Island of Lesbos

Europe at Its Ugliest: The Refugee Scandal on the Island of Lesbos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2017

As winter arrives, the situation on the Greek island of Lesbos is unsustainable. Conditions at the refugee camps are horrific and island residents are tired of being left in the lurch by Athens and the EU. A visit to ground zero of European ignominy. By Giorgos Christides and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]


Hello? Anybody Home? Germany's Voice Suddenly Missing in Brussels

Hello? Anybody Home? Germany's Voice Suddenly Missing in Brussels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2017

After the German election, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for far-reaching EU reforms. But with coalition talks having collapsed in Germany, Berlin suddenly has no voice. Some in Brussels are yearning for a return of the SPD. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]

The Dreamers: Doubts about Brexit on the Rise in Britain

The Dreamers: Doubts about Brexit on the Rise in Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2017

It has often been said that Brexit means Brexit. But does it? With Prime Minister Theresa May showing weakness and the negotiations dragging, some are hoping that Britain's departure from the EU can be warded off. By Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]


#MeToo: The European Parliament's Sexual Harassment Problem

#MeToo: The European Parliament's Sexual Harassment Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2017

Sexual harassment has long been a fact of life in the European Parliament in Brussels. Recently, some women have begun speaking up. But the law-making body has been slow to address the problem. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]

What Macron Means for Europe: 'How Much Will the Germans Have to Pay?'

What Macron Means for Europe: 'How Much Will the Germans Have to Pay?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2017

Emmanuel Macron represents an opportunity for Europe, one the Germans would be wise to take advantage of. It is doubtful, though, whether Angela Merkel will be able to act on the French president's bold vision. An Essay by Jürgen Habermas more... Comment ]